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Pub & Restaurant serving good quality food in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Open Table Diners Choice Award winner and Trip Advisor Travellers Choice winner 2020 & 2021
PRICE RANGE
£7 - £60
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
British, Gastropub, Bar, International, Pub
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing hearty food at a great price!! Lovely service in a quiet country road! The atmosphere is lovely and authentic cottage feel.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed a magnificent seafood linguine, a generous hunter's chicken and a mouthwatering calves' liver followed by delicious lemon tart. The atmosphere was cosy and family friendly and the service was excellent. The pub itself has an old world feel and has a welcoming ambience....The prices of the mains, which are mainly in the low to mid-twenties, do not reflect the very high quality of both the food and its presentation. This was my first, but most definitely not my last visit. But I advise you to book.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 30 December 2023

Extensive menu, wide range of food. Enjoyable meal, friendly staff, nice venue. Would recommend.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 14 December 2023 via mobile

A McMullens tenancy being really well operated. Staff super helpful, friendly and efficient....thank you. This is really a restaurant not a pub. The menu was one of those that you read and then think it all looks great. Not only does it read well, the...food was delicious and sensibly priced. Portion size is generous. Car parking is on site. We really liked it and will definitely return. Thanks for a nice lunch experience.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 27 November 2023 via mobile

A superb lunch at The Orange Tree. Two of our party were struggling to make the 2:00pm booking so we shifted that to 2:30pm which was no problem for the restaurant. The menu is wonderful with something for everyone and the portions are generous. We...were in unanimous agreement that we were too full for dessert but when presented with the menu, all 8 of us had a dessert. Standouts were the roast dinners, a great selection of veg to accompany the roasts, the half chicken, the burger and the treacle tart. Service was excellent too. Will return very soon for sure.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 9 November 2023

I have been planning to come here for years and had to cancel because of illness twice so really excited to finally get here. First off the pluses decor lovely staff nice and a good wine list. we ordered a sharing platter of seafood. There...was a dish of prawns in garlic butter and a huge mound of fried seafood. You couldn’t taste which was which and had to guess from the shape what it was supposed to be . In the prawns there’s was a little bit of lobster previously frozen sitting in the garlic butter . Main course calves liver cooked nicely sauce overpowering and despite asking for no mash but chips got both. My scallops in cheese sauce overcooked still had muscle bits in and so much mashed potatoes the sauce was completely lost . The salad that accompanied it had a pre made salad dressing with sweetener in . It takes 1 min to shake together some oil, vinegar and mustard so why put that on ? I know the industry has problems but I don’t want to pay £110 for 2 courses that I could cook better at home . Really disappointed but there are better gastro pubs in the same village that I will go back to insteadMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 18 October 2023 via mobile

Portions great, quality of food faultless. My cod and chips was as good as I've ever had in a restaurant. The other dishes that my party had were all superb visually and were thoroughly enjoyed. Desserts lovely. Nice size portions, couldn't fault this place and...I intend to visit again soon.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 16 October 2023

A little out of our way from Cambridge to South London but it was well worth the journey. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Interesting Sunday Lunch menu. My Hake Kiev was excellent and my wife said her Pie of the Day (chicken) was very...good, with superb pastry. Desserts were good too. Not the cheapest of establishments, however, well worth the money paid.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 18 September 2023 via mobile

This place has been on our list to try for a while now, hubby and I found ourselves child free on a much needed day off from work so decided to go! On arrival we were greeted by a very friendly gentleman. He took us...to our table, gave us some menu’s, so much choice, it was hard to decide but in the end we went for bread with oil/butter to start and steak and ale pie and monkfish, king prawn and lobster curry. The bread was lovely, served warm with olive oil and balsamic and utterly delicious flavoured butter. When our mains come up we couldn’t believe how big they were, both beautifully presented. My pie, mash and veg was delicious, real shortcrust pastry, rich gravy, chunks of beef and creamy mash, the best pie I have tasted. My hubbys curry smelt divine, he said it was delicious! We had planned on having dessert but was too full but will definitely be having dessert next time. 100% will return!!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 10 September 2023

Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. We had the outdoor room for private dining and it was just perfect. We arrived and had plenty of time for a pre dinner drink and the brilliant waitresses kept us updated with timings etc for when to move...in. Food orders came out seamlessly and the food was delicious. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating. Thank you!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 30 August 2023

Second time there, another triumph. Service was not rushed and we felt very welcome the whole time. I had the steak & kidney pudding, the others had mostly seafood dishes. My wife asked for 1/2 lobster and was served a whole one. When we queried...it we were told that the chef thought the lobster was a bit small so served the whole one for the same price. If that is not customer brilliant service then what is?? Keep it up and you will see us soon.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 23 August 2023 via mobile

We have been to this restaurant a few times and it has been outstanding. I was disappointed and sad today as we again were meeting friends we had not seen in a while. There was only one table taken when we got there but we...were placed in a corner hardly any room and next door to the toilets! I know people have to sit there but we booked months ago. The starter was lovely veg spring rolls and the onion soup was I was told delicious. Great news. On to the main steak sandwich from the specials board described well but small steak fried egg in a bun with onion rings and fries was disappointing. Then a family with a toddler placed next to us. This finished it for me. Seemed we were given the worst table in the house. Maybe the better tables are for locals??? Sorry Orange tree you were not my perfect place today.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 20 August 2023

Beautiful meal but our indoor table was inundated with flies. We asked the waitress if they could close the door to stop the flies coming in but they did nothing about it. The flies ruined a wonderful meal

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 14 August 2023

Excellent venue. Hygiene standards very high. The service was excellent with the staff well dressed, well versed in the menus and drinks on offer. Ooh and the Sunday Roast was up there with the best for miles around!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 12 August 2023

Excellent pub with an extensive menu. The special's board included a range of seafood options all resonableable priced. The service was very friendly and professional so we shall definitely visit this pub again.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Response from scottpc63 | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any dogs there and it was full. However, there is a bit of outside seating so that would probably be ok.
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Normal spacing although they did have some screens up last time we went
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The Orange Tree is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5